“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”
Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,
Welcome to Year 2! I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year. This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!
It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly. The school blog will be updated every week, and this is a great way for you to see some of the exciting things that happen in class. Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom. Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.
Please find below some useful information that you will need:
Class Teacher: Mrs. Kirsty Cusack
TAs: Miss C. Rasbridge, Miss L. Davies,& Mrs. R. Rees
PPA Cover: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams
SLT Time Teacher: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams
The children will be working outdoors regularly, whatever the weather! Therefore please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc.
This year our P.E. days are every Friday. N.B. Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits. Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers. All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.
P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time
My P.P.A. session is on a Friday morning and Mrs. Stonham/ Miss Williams will be teaching the class. They will also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time.
The topics for this year are as follows:
Autumn Term:Glitter and Glow
Spring Term:Take a Trip in a Time Machine
Summer term:Journey with Us over Land, Sea, Air & Space
I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles. If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current learning theme, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school. Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Please ensure that your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day. Your support with your child’s reading development is crucial and I greatly appreciate your comments in his/ her reading diary. Regular reading at home will greatly support the work that we do in school.
Homework will be distributed as follows:
Spelling Words:Sent home every Tuesday and can be returned at any time during the week.
Maths:Allocated online every Friday. Activities will review key concepts covered in school throughout the week.
Once again, please feel free to pop in to see me with any questions/ concerns that you may have. May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year. Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career!
- Ser Yr Wythnos
Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week. 🌟
- Mad Science Assembly
On Wednesday, Mad Science visited our school to present a fantastic assembly to the children. They were shown lots of amazing experiments linked to air and forces. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed, and left feeling inspired to further their scientific knowledge through undertaking their own investigations and experiments!
- Anti-Bullying Production ‘Bully’s Paradise’
Today, the children in Years 2-6 enjoyed watching the Firehorse Production ‘Bully’s Paradise’. The play helped the children understand the difference between falling out and bullying. It also helped the children to identify ways to tackle bullying. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and we would like to thank Firehorse Productions for working with us […]
- Yr Afanc
As part of our Welsh Week activities, the Year 2 children have enjoyed listening to and retelling the myth Yr Afanc. The myth tells the story of how villagers managed to capture and re-home a fierce water creature. The children used their writing skills to write instructions for catching the mythical creature. They then looked […]
- Feeding Our Feathery Friends
This week the children further developed their Welsh language skills through reading the Welsh story ‘Parti’r Adar’, which tells the story of birds having a party. The children wrote super conversations between birds, using a range of Welsh questions and answers. They then made some delicious treats to take home and hang outside in their […]
- We’re Going On A Shape Hunt!
This week, the Year 2 children have been investigating properties of 3D shapes. They looked at the number of faces, vertices and edges of 3D shapes. They also learned complex new vocabulary, such as hemisphere, square-based pyramid and triangular prism! Today, the children applied their learning by going on a 3D shape hunt… with a […]
- Beat Box Football Fun
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their Beat Box football session this morning! They developed their football skills whilst playing along to music.
- Explanation Text Experts
This week the Year 2 children continued their work on explanation texts. The children worked on rotation through a number of tasks which looked at different features of the genre. The children used their reading skills brilliantly when sequencing the life cycle of a hen. They then worked together to put topic words in alphabetical […]
- Delicious Dinosaur Fossil Cookies
This week the Year 2s continued their learning about fossils. They made some delicious dinosaur cookies which looked absolutely fantastic. Well done, Year 2!
- Marvellous Magnetic Materials
This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed learning about magnetic materials. They enjoyed making predictions and then testing the materials to see whether their predictions were correct. Super investigating boys and girls!
- Feeling the Love in Year 2!
Today the Year 2 children were feeling the love, as they completed lots of Valentine’s Day themed activities. We started off by listening to and discussing the story of St. Valentine. The children then used their speaking and listening skills well, participating in group discussions about how to be a good or bad friends. They […]
- Exploring Explanation Texts!
This term the Year 2 children will be learning about explanation texts. This week they worked in groups to make predictions about the text features that they might find inside an explanation book. The children worked brilliantly together. The group managers made sure that everybody took turns and had a chance to share their ideas, […]
- Where on Earth Did the Dinosaurs Live?
The Year 2 children decided that they would like to learn about how the world has changed since the dinosaurs were alive. This week they found out about the super continent Pangea, and were amazed to find out that the continents used to be joined together. We watched some interesting videos and read a fascinating […]
- Dyn Eira Hyfryd yn Blwyddyn 2!
This week the children have been further developing their Welsh language skills whilst focusing on Dyn Eira (snowmen). Last week the children designed snowmen and wrote about them in Welsh using the third person. This week the children followed their designs and made fantastic junk model snowmen. They also completed some pelen eira (snowball) maths […]
- Safer Internet Day in Year 2
On Tuesday, the Year 2 children spent the day working their way through a variety of challenges as part of Safer Internet Day 2019. The children started by listening to and discussing a story, which made them think about how we should be respectful to others when online. They then worked on an activity which […]
- Burning Energy Gyda Ynni Da
On Friday 1st February we had an awesome ‘Welsh’ day – saving energy can be fun and keep you fit. We held our very own Eco School Party with this unique Pedal power experience. All the energy for the disco, was produced by pedaling bikes. It gave the pupils an understanding of the energy requirements […]
- Year 2 Welsh Music and Fitness Session
Today the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed participating in their Welsh music and fitness session, which was run by the company Ynni Da.
- Planet Visualisations
The Year 2 children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish’. This week they have been working on their visualisation and prediction reading skills. They created some fantastic, creative images of planets based on information given in the story.
- Painting Our Fossil Tiles
This week the Year 2 children painted their clay fossil tiles. The detail of the dinosaur prints really showed up, and the children enjoyed comparing and discussing their designs.
- Ser Yr Wythnos
Llongyfarchiadau i ser yr Wythnos
- Finding Out About Planet Earth
As part of out topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’, the Year 2 children decided that they wanted to find out about how Planet Earth came to be. We looked at a variety of information sources and learned about how the oceans were formed, how meteors shaped the landscape and how life began […]
Super Welsh skills were used by the Year 2 children this week! They confidently shared news in Welsh using past tense phrases such as Es i and Ces i. Da iawn, Blwyddyn 2!
- Lego Simple Machines
This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed using Lego Simple Machines kit to investigate gears. They worked brilliantly in pairs, and created some fantastic moving machines! Gwaith gwych, Blwyddyn 2!
- Dinosaur Fossil Tiles
As part of our topic, the children decided that it would be interesting to make some dinosaur fossils using clay. We learned about how the dinosaurs died and how fossils are formed. Then the children used air drying clay and model dinosaurs to create their own fossil tiles. Next week they will paint their tiles […]
- Welsh Trip Recounts
This week the Year 2 children enjoyed writing recounts in Welsh about the trips we went on before Christmas. They used lots of past tense phrases, such as ‘Es i’ and ‘Ces i’. The children were able to add a shared image and confidently changed the font size, style and colour to enhance their work.
http://www.ictgames.com Literacy and Numeracy Games
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8 Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities
http://www.galacticphonics.com/ – Phonics, spelling and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
https://www.spellingcity.com/ – Spelling activities
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/ Educational games across all subjects and topics
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm – Fun educational games
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ Free online educational resources and games
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=&agegroup=0&book=1&booktype=all&series=all# Oxford Reading Tree free online books
www.jollylearning.co.uk – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar.
http://roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills
http://www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading
http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you!
http://www.ictgames.com/wordreader.html – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words
http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown
http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf
http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/interactive_big_books – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/storyplant.shtml – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow!
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story
http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=55482 – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities
http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/my_monster/index.htm – create your own scary monster poem!